Author Archives: Derrick

New Bird Photographed – Canvasback

So, the fieldscope/iPhone combination really came in handy at Piermont Pier on Saturday! In the distance, I could see Canvasbacks sleeping on the Hudson River.  It was the first time I’ve ever seen one!  I had to have waited nearly … Continue reading

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Photos from Hammonasset Beach State Park – March 2014

Earlier in the month, we drove out to Hammonasset Beach State Park for a little bird watching.  I’ve really gotten attached to going to the beach-like areas in Connecticut to compliment my woodland adventures of the Hudson Valley. We joined … Continue reading

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Random Ulster County Shots (and a Dutchess too!)

With the snow melting and refreezing, it’s become very treacherous to be a hiker.  Even two weeks ago, I nearly took a spill on several occasions carrying my equipment.  To me, its not worth potentially breaking my equipment, or myself … Continue reading

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‘Life List’ Section Updated

It’s been a while since I’ve done housekeeping around the blog.  After work today, I thought I would update my ‘life list’ to include not only what I’ve seen around here, but also during our trips to Connecticut, Maine and … Continue reading

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New Bird Photographed – Sandhill Cranes

If I didn’t get pictures, I wouldn’t have believed it myself. While my wife and I were on our way to various locations along the Hudson River, I received an unconfirmed report of Sandhill Cranes in the area.  It was … Continue reading

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eBird Data Entry Complete!

Trying to keep track of all my unique bird sightings got quite challenging once we vacationed in the Dominican Republic and started traveling to Connecticut.  With so many new species in such a short time, I began entering my sightings … Continue reading

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Relentless Winter

This has been one of the toughest winters we have faced.  Previously, we lived in an apartment and a condo, both of which were shoveled for us.  Now that we have our own house, we have to take care of … Continue reading

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Short-Eared Owl Mania at the Shawangunk Grasslands

On 2/8/14, we made a second trip to the Shawangunk Grasslands.  I was hoping that lightning might strike twice with my luck.  I got pretty good looks of Northern Harriers last time from one of the blinds last time, so … Continue reading

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Photos from 02/01/14 – Nyquist Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary

Last weekend, my wife and I went to the Nyquist Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary in New Paltz.  It has several different habitats and sits along the Wallkill River.  As with most of the other days this winter, it was pretty cloudy … Continue reading

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Capturing the Gray Ghost

Last weekend, we stopped at the Shawangunk Grasslands in hopes to catch a glimpse and some photos of some short-eared owls.  Long story short, we didn’t see any… but we were treated to quite the show with Northern Harriers. We … Continue reading

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